Thursday, May 07, 2009


You’ve never heard of this World War I battle at Fromelles, France, probably because Allied commanders made such a mess of it. 5,500 Australian and 1,500 British soldiers were butchered in this attack that was sent forward in broad daylight against German machine guns. More Australians died here than in the much more famous disaster at Gallipoli. Now officials are hoping forensic science will help them identify some of the Allied troops who were buried in mass graves after the battle:


1 comment:

steve said...

This week marks the long quest to unearth and identify remains of Australian diggers slaughtered at the Battle of Fromelles. And in doing so we honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
But something is gravely amiss.
One person, the real hero in this rewriting of Australia’s War history, has been hung out to dry. Lambis Englezos, a Melbourne schoolteacher, spent six years of his life on a quest to convince authorities of the truth. It was Lambis who identified the field where our diggers lay. It was Lambis who spent years trying to convince the Australian Government and Army to follow up his discovery. It was Lambis who was told repeatedly by authorities to give it up and “go away”.
Thankfully, Lambis did not give up and he did not go away. Instead, he was proven right all along.
Now after years of personal sacrifice and expense Lambis has not even been invited in any capacity to be a part of the Fromelles project . Even if he paid his own travel expenses and travelled to Fromelles, as he has done many times in the past pursuing a moral purpose, he would be granted only one brief visit to the site.
Lambis spent years doing the right thing by our diggers. Why won’t the Government and the Army do the right thing by an unsung aussie hero?
Until Lambis has some official role at Fromelles, the process of integrity, honoring sacrifice, and doing ‘the right thing’ is far from complete.
Steve Carroll